A first glance, Hector doesn't look like much. His 40 mph winds don't impress me. But his birthplace in the ATLANTIC OCEAN does! Hector used to go by the name Ernesto. In the graphic I made you can follow Ernesto's track. The once category 1 hurricane made two landfalls, including a trip over Mexico's mountains and still managed to make it to the Pacific. Ernesto lost his name after being downgraded to a tropical rainstorm (look for the blue dot on my graphic). If Ernesto remained a tropical depression or better while crossing the Mexican mountains, he could have kept his name.
Why does this impress me? When storms make landfall they are taken away from their primary source of energy, warm water! The circulation is also torn apart by friction. So for a storm to have a persistent area of circulation after two landfalls is incredible!
This got me wondering how many storms have crossed over in the past...it's certainly rare! Only a handful of storms have made the journey.
Taken from NOAA website: